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Tuesday, 8 November 1977
Page: 3093

Mr BAUME (Macarthur) -I was one of the 38 newcomers to this House in 1975. We were elected by the people of Australia. Tonight I heard some comment that perhaps the Queen's representative elected us. I can assure anyone listening that the people of Australia elected us when they gave this Government a record majority. It exceeded by six, I believe, the previous record of 32 in 1966, if one leaves aside the occasion on which the size of the Parliament was greatly increased immediately after the war. We have been called many things. One of the things which we have been called is, of course, oncers. That appellation will be put to the test shortly. There is no doubt, of course, that there is very little job security in this industry. Some of us, I imagine, will find out about that.

However, the reason I have risen tonight is that on behalf of the 38 newcomers of 1975 I would like to thank the older and, if I may say, in most cases much wiser heads on both sides of the House for the guidance and assistance that they have given to us in these two years. I also mention some people who no longer are involved in the running of this House-the former SerjeantatArms, Don Piper, and his assistant, Lynn Berts.

I, too, have suffered at the hands of the distribution commissioners in an electoral redistribution which I find illogical and insupportable. One of the consequences of that redistribution is that about 28,000 people are being taken from my electorate and given to Werriwa. In future these people will have the privilege of having the Leader of the Opposition (Mr E. G. Whitiam) looking after them. I wish them luck. Whether I return here or whether any of us in this chamber return here, of course, depends on the judgment of the electorate. I hope for only one thing- that the people judge us fairly.

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